by the Brewer Haiku-er (@brew_haiku)
Tuesday, August 16
Cubs 4/4, Brewers 0/1
A sweep at Wrigley
We lose both games and players
Braun, Anderson hurt
Wednesday, August 17
Cubs 6, Brewers 1
Third straight loss to Cubs
Enough to make Crew fans drink
A case of Old Style
Thursday, August 18
Cubs 9, Brewers 6
Crew put up some runs
But cannot contain Bryant
Cubs are dominant
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by Peter Gordon
This second-most-famous baseball poem, by FPA,
Features these three turning double plays
When the game and league were young
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” unsung
Their wins record in ’06 remains unbroken
Just like their great deeds remain unspoken
On the diamond their choreography
Like Astaire, Rogers and Gene Kelly
You may not know they hated each other
Quarreled worse than spurned lovers
Evers, the Crab, the agitator
Chance, Peerless Leader, peace maker
Tinker’s steady play kept it together
One of the greatest when he flashed leather
They led the Cubs to World Series wins
Not knowing none would come again
Left during the teens without backward waves
Evers 1914 MVP for the Miracle Braves
Chance led the Yankees before they were great
Tinker made a fortune in real estate
Some say they don’t belong in the Hall
I say count their wins: over 1,000 in all.
Peter M. Gordon recently published his second poetry book, Let’s Play Two: Poems About Baseball, available on amazon.com. His poems have appeared in Slipstream, 34th Parallel, The Journal of Florida Literature, and several other magazines, anthologies and websites. He currently teaches in Full Sail University’s Film MFA program.
by Hilary Barta
You just swung through his one-oh-two.
The ball’s a pea at one-oh-three.
But don’t ignore his one-oh-four:
You won’t survive the one-oh-five.
by Hilary Barta
A pitcher’s job is never done.
When out in left they’ve gotta run
And make a catch against the wall.
Don’t tell me baseball ain’t a ball.
And in a pinch they also hit,
And do the perfect squeeze-play bit.
Joe Maddon thinks outside the box,
His tactics hardly orthodox.
Cubs’ try-anything manager Joe Maddon has been at it again. On July 31, pitcher Travis Wood hurled the sixth inning in relief, and Maddon kept him in the game as the left fielder, where he made a sensational catch in the seventh, banging against the wall and the ivy in Wrigley Field. In the twelfth, Maddon had pitcher Jon Lester pinch hit, and Lester laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to bring in the winning run.
by Stephen Jones
Hey, Aroldis Chapman —
You’re a Pinstriper one day,
And a Cub the next?
(A pause. Then a sigh.)
Too bad. Nice arm.
We hardly knew ya . . .
But whadda ya gonna do?
It’s a relievers’ market.